June 24, 1863 – This Day During The American Civil War – Naval skirmish outside Portland, Maine

June 24, 1863 – Naval skirmish outside Portland, Maine
CSS Tacony was originally a bark captured by the Confederate cruiser CSS Clarence during the American Civil War and converted into a Confederate cruiser for commerce raiding. The CSS Clarence, commanded by Lt. Charles W. Read, captured the Tacony on June 12, 1863, and since it was a better ship suited for commerce raiding, the crew and armaments were transferred to it and the Clarence was destroyed.
On June 24, the Confederate raider CSS Tacony, commanded by Lt. Reed, captured the fishing schooner USS Archer off Portland.
Realizing that some Union naval ships were pursuing his ship, Reed and his men burned the Tacony then slipped into Portland harbor about 2 days later aboard the Archer.

Confederate raider CSS Tacony

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